Fashion Bytes: Alice + Olivia’s Open House Party at New York Fashion Week
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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018.
The brand: Alice + Olivia
The history: When the first Alice + Olivia collection debuted in 2002, the event took place at the storied Russian Tea Room and featured celebrity models (such as Paris Hilton) wearing hand-painted designer pants … and not much else. The perfectly cut trousers sold out fast and paved the way for a full women’s collection including clothes, shoes and accessories. Fast-forward 15 years, and the Alice + Olivia brand has kept its butt-boosting pants, its life-of-the-party vibe and its gallery cred, enlisting collaborators like the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat for limited-edition pieces.
The designer: Stacey Bendet graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and her early fashion designs led to both mentorship and financial backing by the man behind the Theory brand. Now a mother of three, the New York City native is also an avid art collector and a beauty muse, thanks to her signature dark eyeshadow and impossibly long lashes.
The show: We’d call it more of an extravaganza. Bendet enlisted famed female artists Lola Schnabel, Angelica Hicks and Jemima Kirke, among others, to design the sets, which included oil paintings, sculpture, graffiti and even an entire kitchen made of felt by Lucy Sparrow. Models posed in abstract-print dresses, sequined statement tees, chunky floral heels and embroidered bell-bottom jeans, while musician Scout Willis played guitar in a room designed by her sister Tallulah.
The F-row: Paris and Nicky Hilton and Victoria Justice posed with the color-splashed collection, while Demi Moore sang along as her daughter Scout performed a soulful cover of Cher’s “Believe.” (My mom likes to sing that song too, albeit in the car.)
The verdict: “I wanted to push myself this season, and so there are new techniques with the fabrics that make them more dynamic and special,” Bendet told us. “But the playful color, the joy of dressing up, the way we try to make clothes and life a work of art, that’s the thing that’ll never change.” We really hope not—wearing this collection will be a party in itself.
SHOP: Alice + Olivia